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Ian Watt and fellow public service chiefs win pay rises of up to $42,000

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Noel Towell Australia's top public servant will get a $42,000 wage rise in July as industrial strife looms over pay rises for Commonwealth's 160,000 rank-and-file bureaucrats.

Public service bosses to pocket 5% pay rises as bargaining brawl looms

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Noel Towell Australia's top public servant will get a $42,000 wage rise in July as industrial strife looms over pay rises for the Commonwealth's 160,000 rank-and-file bureaucrats.

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Defence staff angry over wage survey questions

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Noel Towell Public servants at the giant Defence Department fear they are being softened-up for a pay offer of just one per cent each year.

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Hard-up Australian Tax Office says it can't afford long-service gifts

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Noel Towell ATO says it is too broke to afford gifts for workers who have given it two decades of service.

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More disputes over environment decisions likely

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Noel Towell The federal government is braced for a flood of court cases challenging decisions made under its environmental laws.

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Public servants face longer working hours to boost productivity

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Noel Towell Australia's 160,000 federal public servants are facing an assault on their traditional 7-1/2 hour working day.

Public servants to work longer for more pay

Senator Eric Abetz.

Noel Towell Australia's 160,000 federal public servants are facing an assault on their traditional 7.5-hour working day as the Coalition pursues its tough policies on pay and conditions.

DHS under fire as Centrelink worker wins compensation appeal

The Department of Human Services has been savaged by a federal tribunal over its handling of bullying accusations at a Sydney Centrelink office.

Noel Towell The Department of Human Services has been savaged by a federal tribunal over its handling of bullying accusations at a Sydney Centrelink office.

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ATO staff displaced by boss's lofty office plans

Noel Towell Australia's top taxman, Chris Jordan, is building himself a plush office suite at the top of the ATO's central Sydney office tower.

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Public Service Commissioner insists bureaucrats are not being gagged

Australian Public Service Commissioner, Steve Sedgwick.

Noel Towell One of the nation's top bureaucrats has defended the right of government departments - including Prime Minister and Cabinet - to write their own social media policies and insists that Australia's...

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Defence staff up in arms at charge for unsealed Russell car park

Noel Towell Public servants at Canberra's Defence hub are crying foul at being slugged $11 a day to park their vehicles in unsealed, eroded and potholed car parks.

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Push on for savings via shared services

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Noel Towell Calls are growing for a public service super department to put all the Commonwealth's back room functions under one massive roof.

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Hundreds of public servants in limbo

Noel Towell More than 400 federal public servants are languishing in employment limbo after they lost their jobs but were kept on the government payroll.

Public service jobs scrapped but staff still on the payroll

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Noel Towell More than 400 federal public servants are languishing in employment limbo after they lost their jobs but were kept on the government payroll.

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Australian servicemen accused of rogue conduct

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Noel Towell, Michael Gordon, Sarah Whyte Australian soldiers on leave from the army are enlisting as guards at the Manus detention camp in Papua New Guinea amid allegations of drug abuse and thuggish conduct among its newly recruited...

Soldiers on leave act as guards at Manus Island detention centre

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Noel Towell, Michael Gordon Australian soldiers on leave from the army are enlisting for lucrative work as guards at Papua New Guinea's Manus detention camp amid claims of drug abuse and thuggish conduct among its newly...

Immigration department accused, but other departments track more social media

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Noel Towell The Immigration Department has been left behind by other government departments in monitoring Australia's social media chatter.

Education Department spends $50,000 on second spin doctor contract

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Noel Towell The federal Education Department’s spending this year on private sector image-making advice is now up to $145,000.

Government cyber snoops scouring social media

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Noel Towell and Amy McNeilage Federal government departments are using increasingly powerful cyber-snooping equipment to monitor the social media lives of millions of Australians.

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Lashing of public service spending has a long history

Noel Towell An Abbott government mauling of the public service would be in keeping with a 140-year-old of Australian political tradition.